The identification keys are based on color, pattern and other physical characteristics. Each snake identification page has two options, A and B follow the options through the pages.
A. Snake has vertical pupils and heat sensing pits --------- Click Here
B. Snake has round pupils and no heat sensing pits ------- Click Here
This online snake identification key is based on the identification key by Joe Mitchell as found in his book - Mitchell, Joseph C. 1994. The Reptiles of Virginia. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington D.C. 352 pages.
Special thanks to Mike J. Pinder and Megan G. Rollins for the use of their illustrations and The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries for their dedication to all of Virginia's wildlife.
Last update: 01/15/2011